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How To Rejuvenate Your Lawn This Fall, It’s Easy!

By Allyn Paul, filed under Lawn Tips.



Ok, so you just now found my site and your lawn looks terrible from the long summer. Or maybe you tried hard to take care for it, but you just couldn’t keep up with the watering, fertilizing and cutting. FEAR NOT! We can get your lawn back in shape in just a few short months. In fact, if you have a decent amount of grass in your lawn currently, we can get it thickened up by the end of November!

Here are the Lawn Tips that will help you rehabilitate your lawn this fall. Please follow ALL of these instructions and you will see results. Even if your lawn is thinner and full of weeds, you can revamp your lawn quickly.

DO NOT skip any of these steps! You can break each task down by doing them 7 days apart. If you start this weekend, you will be on a good track to getting things done! In addition, we are not mentioning anything about weed control here. We need to focus on the grass right now and just let the weeds die when it gets cold! If you want to spot spray the weeds you have, go ahead, it won’t hurt, but be careful not to use too much or you will harm your new grass seed.

Take this as a prescription for the lawn, and I am your doctor! If you don’t follow my instructions, I’m gonna break out the rubber gloves!!!!!!!

Step 1, Week 1, DO this NOW:

Right now, September 10, 2008, you need to get down some Milorganite Organic Fertilizer. This will add slow release nitrogen and iron into the lawn to help the soil biotics.

Step 2, Week 2:

Next, you need to have the lawn aerated and overseeded. You can rent the aeration machine for about $50 per day or call a lawn pro to do it for you. Over seeding is very important as the seed is going to add to the thickening process. I recommend 2 lbs of seed per 1,000 square feet of lawn, and use your spreader to lay it down. You can spread it by hand if you have to. You should water the lawn properly after the seeding. Seed won’t grow without moisture!
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Step 3, Week 3:

After aerating put down some 20-20-10 or 10-10-10 fertilizer to jolt the lawn’s root system. You can learn about the numbers on the bag of fertilizer here. You can learn how to apply fertilizer here.

Step 4, Week 6:

Pay attention folks, this is step 4 but it is completed 3 weeks after Step 3. You get that? This step involves another application of 20-20-10 fertilizer. This is what we call a “winterizer.”

Further Tips:

If you have big bare spots in the lawn, here is an article on seeding bare spots in the lawn. I also have an article that tells you what type of grass seed to use.

All fall long, you need to cut the lawn the right way. During the fall, you should definitely mow high and mulch the clippings! Be sure to mow every week all the way to the end of the fall time.

It is that simple! If you follow these tips for fall, you will see huge results in your lawns’ appearance! Feel free to leave your questions below.

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16 Responses to “How To Rejuvenate Your Lawn This Fall, It’s Easy!”

  1. Conservative Opinion Says:
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    Don’t use patch master. I hated that stuff

  2. grandmapeg Says:
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    Glad to see a step by step suggestion.

    What kind of lawn is being rejuvinating?

    When you refer to rejuvinating your lawn, what assumptions are you making – is it already weed free and has already been treated for moss? Is it a bit brown because it is now dormant?

    At the Seattle Garden Show, held in February each year, I have heard about seeding in the fall, fertilizing in the fall so you have all the experts on your side.

  3. Allyn Paul Says:
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    Hi Peg, thanks for the comment.
    I am not concerned with weeds at this point as they are gonna die from cold soon anyway. (I am in Chicago)
    I am concerned with thickening the grass and that is what the suggestions I give above are all about.
    I also don’t care too much about moss in lawns but that is usually a sign of too much shade, or your lawn needs lime.
    I am of the belief that ANY lawn can be rejuvenated if it contains at least 25% grass.
    it just may take a little while.

  4. John Says:
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    I like this info. I live in NC and this year we have had some rain finally!! I have a 3 acre yard and it looks pretty good now 9/29/08. The last few years I have fertilized in the spring at about 200lbs per acer.I plugged and over seed every year except last fall I did nothing because it was so dry. I did put some weed and feed on this spring and that is it. I have a little money crunch this year and was wondering if I should try and over seed this year,do nothing or just put some fertilizer down.It is expensive to put down everything needed for a yard this big. What do you think. Thanks for any info John

  5. Allyn Paul Says:
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    Hey John,
    I know what you are speaking about. My folks live in NC on 3 acres too and my Dad decided to just make his garden bigger instead of keeping the lawn so big Ha!!

    I would say stick with the fert above and skip the seeding. 20-20-10 of something similar will really thicken up what you have.

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  15. Trent Says:
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    I just found your web site and love it. My neighbor and I have been dueling with our lawns I’ll be checking this site to see if I can gain an advantage. My parent’s back yard is surrounded by fir trees and I think their soil is to acidic to grow a lawn. Any tips on how to balance the soil? Thanks.

  16. Allyn Paul Says:
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    trent try lime to balance the pH
    if you want to get a real edge, buy my book for $7 LOL

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